Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Info for Businesses

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Info updated May 7th, 2021

The health and well being of our community is a priority and we are working to share info being provided by our County Chamber, Health Department, State Orders as well as National organizations guidelines.

MDHHS has issued COVID-19 Public Health Orders regarding requirements about face coverings for the public, gathering limitations, and other public health concerns. Please visit for information on
these public health orders. The requirements in this presentation are required by MIOSHA Emergency Rules for COVID-19. See what the requirements for all workplaces are in the COVID-19 Employer Guidelines.pdf

Resources & Guidelines for Business

To learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus, see the following:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees

Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus

Coronavirus Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist

Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

What You Should Know, Situation Updates

Travel Health Notices

Guidance for Businesses

For additional information and resources, visit

Leelanau County/Benzie Health Department

Anyone who needs a test can get one. Go to Benzie—Leelanau District Health Department for testing site locations. 

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department releases new guidance for visitors to region, social gatherings, and updated toolkits. Find these resources at their website.

Resuming Environmental Health Services

Social Distancing Restrictions 

Benzie-Leelanau Health Department reopening information for businesses: Scroll down to bottom of page to “Businesses and Employees Information”

MI Safe Start Plan

Return to Work ToolKit for Employers

COVID-19 Business Guidelines for Essential Service Businesses

Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment and Returning to Work

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Locations


Michigan Chamber Business Webinars

(create free account to access):

Regional Resiliency Fund Grants

Sign up for notifications TODAY so your business is ready to apply for Regional Resiliency Fund grants:

Venture North created the The Regional Resiliency Fund to help businesses through Covid-19. The RRF distributes grants valued up to $5,000 to small businesses in Northwest Lower Michigan. Venture North is actively working to grow the fund so we can provide resources for our community. 

Learn how YOU can help our local businesses survive Covid-19. OR sign up for notification of future grant rounds.

The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund is providing small grants for employees in the restaurant and lodging industry. Donate to the fund or see if you qualify, here. 

Venture North’s Professional Service Provider Program ensures their clients have referrals and access to business technical assistance throughout loan repayment. View our partners.

Leelanau Chamber of Commerce

Contact [email protected] by email to request an invitation to the weekly Zoom meetings open to County Business Owners.

Go to Leelanau Chamber website ( for updated Covid-19 resources; Sign up to be a member for e-blasts. 

“Buy Local, Buy Leelanau” marketing campaign – Contact Jamie at the Leelanau Chamber ([email protected]) to share your business info for the campaign.

Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation

Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation (LPEF)

Community Updates:

Seasonal workforce housing:  

The Sleeping Bear Gateways Council recently completed a survey of Benzie and Leelanau business owners to determine their seasonal workforce housing needs/gaps. The Council is currently developing a “workforce housing exchange” based on feedback from business owners during the survey process. An executive summary of the project is attached. If you are interested in getting involved in this issue, please contact Bill Witler at (314) 941-6389 or [email protected]

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore:

Reports that this was the busiest July on record! Currently transitioning into fall planning, which could include collaboration with local schools to incorporate the park in distance learning activities. 


Brayton Farr with State Savings Bank can confirm large demand for housing inventory (rent or buy) as people look to move or stay longer locally. Available housing stock is very limited and appraisals are delayed. Demand is definitely outpacing supply. 

Jobs in Leelanau County:

Job seekers and employers looking to hire can find a helpful resource in Michelle Socha, Northwest Michigan Works. Michelle knows Leelanau well, is friendly and trusted, and can make this complicated process easier for job seekers and/or employers. She can be reached via phone at (231) 620-8170 or [email protected]

Hiring? Get your Employment Opportunity added to our Area Jobs page: Email our marketing director Raquel, your listing info (include a logo or photo, job, job description, contact info/how to apply.)

Where to find PPE locally

Northern Latitude has liquid hand sanitizer by the gallon; Northern Janitorial Supply in Traverse City has general stock available; Walmart Online has general PPE stock available. Most grocery stores and hardware store also stock masks and hand sanitizer.

Paycheck Protection Program

Locally, Honor Bank and TBA Credit Union are accepting applications from any business, regardless of whether or not you are a customer. Contact info below: 

  • Honor Bank: Contact Max Anderson, office: 231-639-1703, cell: 231-645-0316, email: [email protected]
  • TBA Credit Union: Contact Chris Milliron, office: 231-946-7090 x7182, email: [email protected]

Also, mBank, State Savings Bank, and West Shore Bank may accept applications, from existing clients only.

Share your business on the Chamber’s social media! We want to hear from you.

Tell us what you are doing with Photos and Videos and we’re happy to share it on our social media accounts, primarily though Facebook!

  • Send us a blurb on your adaptations and strategies, along with a photo, video, or two, to Sue Boucher for posting on the Glen Lake Chamber Facebook page. There are some great stories to share!
  • Or, if you’ve posted to your own Facebook page, let Sue know so that she can then “share” your post, as the Chamber. 
  • Add the tag #glenarborstrong in your posts

The Leelanau Enterprise


Social distancing signs can be ordered through the Leelanau Enterprise. Price varies. Contact to order/pick up: (231) 256-9827 New signs will be offered for the 2021 season with updates made by the Leelanau Chamber of Commerce.

Listings to share business updates are being published in the Leelanau Enterprise. The listings run in the Enterprise each week and are updated a couple times a week on social media.

Contact the Publisher, John Elchert, with your updates at [email protected] 

Glen Arbor Sun

Local stories from around Leelanau County can be found on

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